Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day 6 - Paris - Rodin & Napoleon

After the Conciergerie and a lunch of crepes on the square of Notre Dame we headed over to the Rodin museum.  They had a huge sculpture garden and then a house with many of Rodin's original works.

The work called The Gates of Hell actually contains the original version of the thinker above the door.  This version is much smaller than the onet we think of.

A larger than life sized version of The Thinker.

The Age of Bronze.

From the Rodin Museum we happened to be near L'Hôtel national des Invalides, the location of Napoleon's tomb.  This building can be seen from all over Paris with it's distinctive gold dome. 


The inside of the building that holds the tomb is one of the most grand resting places I have ever seen.  Here are two areas of the ceiling.

And the alter.

The vault for the casket is enormous and lavish... Huge, really HUGE!  Amazing to think that someone is so revered that he would get a burial such as this.


Time to say Au Revoir to Paris!

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